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  • RethinkingCReative WRiting

    Stephanie Vanderslice

  • Rethinking Creative Writing in higher education: Programs and Practicesthat Work

    Stephanie M. vanderslice, M.F.a., Ph.D.

  • Disclaimer

    the Professional and higher Partnership Ltd has no responsibility for the persistence or accuracy of URLs for external or third-party websites referred to in this publication, and does not guarantee that any content on such websites is, or will remain, accurate or appropriate.

  • This book is dedicated tothe writers of the future.

  • table of Contents

    vii index xi abstract

    xii Series information

    xiii Foreword by Dr Steve May

    1 Chapter One: Creative Writing in higher education: Reflection, innovation, accountability

    18 Notes from the Field: Storming the garret

    26 Chapter two: Undergraduate Creative Writing Programs

    45 Notes from the Field: grasping ariadnes thread: Wendy Bishops Stories

    and My Own

    55 Chapter three: graduate Programs: Creative Writing Comes of age

    78 Notes from the Field: Once More to the Workshop: a Myth Caught in time

    86 Chapter Four: Workshopping the Workshop

  • 98 Notes from the Field: a Place to Start: a Brief narrative Bibliography of

    Creative Writing theory and Pedagogy

    105 Chapter Five: Creative Writing Programs in the World

    121 afterword: Looking inward and Outward

    126 appendix: honor Roll of graduate Creative Writing Programs

    127 imprint information and Credits

    128 acknowledgements

    130 References

    Rethinking Creative Writing in Higher Education

    vi

  • index

    viivii

    Most of the headwords provided in the index are actual words or phrases from the text. Where this is not the case, the reader is always referred to words and phrases as they appear in the text.

    826 centers 826 national826 valencia, see also Calegari,

    ninive Clements and eggers, Dave

    A History of Professional Writing Instruction in American Colleges

    aaWP, see australasian association of Writing Programs

    abramson, Sethaccountability, see also accountable

    and responsibilityaccountableadams, katherineaim, see also goalanthologyarizona State University see also

    virginia g. Piper Center for Creative Writing, the

    arkansas writers, see also arkatextarkatext, see also arkansas writersart institute of Chicagoartists life, see also creative lives

    and enterprise and jobs and livelihoods

    arvon Foundation, the, see also Fairfax, John and hughes, ted and Moat, John

    arvon international Poetry Competition

    assessment, see also gradesassociated Writing Programs, see

    also aWPassociation of Writers and Writing

    Programs, the, see also aWPaustralasian association of Writing

    Programs (aaWP)australian Council for the artsaustralian Publishers associationaWP, see also associated Writing

    Programs and association of Writers and Writing Programs

    Barden, DanBath Spa University, see also

    thebo, Mimi and May, SteveBausch, RichardBishop, Wendy, see also Teaching

    LivesBizzaro, Patrickboot camp, see also mythsBradbury, MalcolmBrook, ScottBrooks, CleanthBrophy, kevinbuilding [creative writing

    programs]Butt, Maggie

    Cain, Mary annCalegari, ninive Clements see also

    826 valenciaCalifornia College of the arts

  • Can It Really Be Taught?careers in writing, see artists life

    and creative lives and jobs and livelihoods

    Catfish Sutton, see also arkatextchange writerchapbooks Chicago State UniversityChronicle of Higher EducationCity University LondonColorado State UniversityColors of a Different Horsecommunitycommunity, wider see also outreach

    and arvon Foundation community within creative writing

    discipline, see communitycraftcreative lives see also artists life

    and enterprise and jobs and livelihoods

    Creative Writing and its Discontents

    Creative Writing and the New Humanities

    Creative Writing in AmericaCreative Writing Studies

    Dawson, PaulDearing ReportDelaney, edwarddeveloping creative writing

    programs, see buildingdevelopmental stages [students]digital media, see also new mediaDoes the Writing Workshop Still

    Work?Donnelly, Dianne

    Earnshaw, Steveeastern Washington University

    eggers, Dave, see also 826 valenciaengle, Paulenterprise, [creative]eWU see eastern Washington

    Universityexpand, see also range

    Fairfax, John, see also arvon Foundation

    Fenza, D. W.Fine arts instituteFleisher, kassFoerster, norman

    Garret see also myth(s)george Mason Universitygerard, Philip, see also UnCWglobal, see also internationalgoal, see also aimgrades, see also assessment and

    gradinggrading, see also grades graves, Jamesgross, Philip

    Haake, katharine harper, graemehealey, Stevehiscox, elizabythhoughton, timothyhughes, ted

    Indiana Universityinnovation, see also visionary

    programsinternational, see also globaliowa

    Jobs, see also artists life and creative lives and enterprise and livelihoods

    viii

    Rethinking Creative Writing in Higher Education

  • Kealey, tomkerridge, Richardkroll, Jerikupfer, Fern

    Leahy, annalearninglibraryLight, gregliteracy, see also national

    endowment for the artslivelihoods, see also artists life and

    creative lives and enterprise and jobs

    Look Book, see also anthologyLumb Bank

    Mcgurl, MarkMamatas, nickMaster of Fine arts, see MFaMay, Steve, see also Bath Spa

    UniversityMayers, timmedia, see also new media and

    digital mediamentorMFaMFA BlogMFa program, setting up a, see

    UnCWMiddlesex UniversityMinnesota State UniversityMoat, John, see also arvon

    FoundationmodelMoxley, JosephMyer, D.g.myth(s), see also garret

    Naropa Universitynational association of Writers in

    education (naWe)national endowment for the artsnational Writing Project (nWP)naWe, see national association

    of Writers in educationnew media see also digital media

    and new technologiesnew technologies, see also digital

    media and new mediaNew Writingnew York UniversitynWP, see national Writing Project

    OConnor, Flanneryonline community, see also social

    networksOstrom, hansoutcomeoutreach, see also community,

    wider

    PedagogyPenn Warren, RobertPiper Center, see also virginia

    g. Piper Center for Creative Writing, the

    Poets and Writers Power and Identity in the Creative

    Writing Classroomprizespublication, see also publishingpublishing, see also publication

    Real-worldreflectReleased Into LanguageresistanceResponding to Student Poemsresponsibility, see also

    accountabilityRevisioning Writers Talk

    ix

    Index

  • (Re)Writing CraftRitter, kellyRoe, SueRoosevelt UniversityRosemont CollegeRoyster, BrentRusso, Richard

    Santa Barbara City CollegeSarah Lawrence CollegeSaunders, georgeShapiro, karlsocial networks, see also online

    communityStarkey, Davidstereotypes in creative writing,

    see garret and myth(s) and boot camp

    Story of the FutureSwander, Mary

    Teaching Creative Writing to Undergraduates

    Teaching Writing CreativelyTeaching Lives, see also Bishop,

    WendyTeaching Creative WritingTEXTThe Author is Not Dead, Merely

    Somewhere ElseThe Creative Writing MFA

    HandbookThe Elephants TeachThe Handbook of Creative WritingThe Program EraThe Writers ChronicleThe Writers Guide to Making a

    Digital Living

    thebo, Mimi, see also Bath Spa University

    to Read or not to Readtraditiontransparency

    Uk, see also United kingdomUnCWUnited kingdom, see also UkUniversity of alabamaUniversity of arizonaUniversity of BaltimoreUniversity of Central arkansasUniversity of east angliaUniversity of iowaUniversity of MissouriUniversity of nevada at Las vegasUniversity of north Carolina

    Wilmington, see UnCWUniversity of towsonUniversity of Western australiaUniversity of WinchesterUppal, Priscila

    Virginia g. Piper Center for Creative Writing, the, see also arizona State University

    virginia Polytechnic institutevisionary programs

    Wandor, Michelene What Our Speech DisruptsWilson, angusworkshop suggestions for improvement whats not working whats workingWriting the Breakout Novel

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    Rethinking Creative Writing in Higher Education

  • abstract

    Creative writing as a discipline is a victim of its own success. the discipline needs now to demythogize and revitalize itself. Undergraduate and graduate programs need to be further differentiated. Programs over-reliant on the traditional creative writing workshop, with its focus on craft and on building community, are ill equipped to prepare students for the new realities of the creative economy. Programs need not only to improve the workshop experience of students, but also employ a more diverse, outward-looking, outcomes-oriented pedagogy and to make a more direct contribution to the development of a literate society. Much can be learnt from good practice including distinctive and visionary programs developed on both sides of the atlantic and in australia.

    keY teRMScreative writing; literacy; pedagogy; programs; reflective; reform; teaching; visionary; workshop

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  • Series information

    Rethinking Creative Writing in Higher Education forms the first title in the international series, Creative Writing Studies. the series comprises titles on creative writing designed for use by scholars, students, and teachers in higher education settings.

    Further titles commissioned for the series include:Researching Creative Writing by Jen WebbTeaching Creative Writing, edited by elaine WalkerCreative Writing, edited by amal Chatterjee

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